Embrace the quiet moments. pic.twitter.com/googddfR3V— Princess Cruises (@PrincessCruises) October 24, 2015
Friday, October 30, 2015
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Peter Gonzalez is back in the latest Behind the Scenes: Carnival Vista video. This time Peter's joined by Carnival CEO Christine Duffy. Together they explore the ship's new dining options and talk guilty pleasures of the ship's cuisine.
Adding Duffy is a nice touch. So is focusing on food. Unlike previous episodes that focused on the technology that most cruisers don't appreciate or an on-board experience that not all will try, dining is an essential part of any cruise vacation. Seeing the new locations and learning about the potential menus, sells the idea of what the Vista will be.
Monday, October 26, 2015
With its christening nearing, excitement for the Norwegian Escape is building. The fifth largest cruise ship every built will have all the latest in ship amenities. USA Today's Cruise Log has an exclusive look at the ship and a run down of all its unique features (like snow in a spa).
The ship will sail year round from Miami and carry over 4,200 passengers.
Friday, October 23, 2015
We may not have flying cars, but we have tweeting ship. @CarnivalVista, you are our future.— Carnival Cruise Line (@CarnivalCruise) October 21, 2015
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Clark Howard, who has an extensive background in travel, provided updates to his audience throughout the event, including the ship drifting for two hours after the fire. Because of the delay the ship will skip Argostoli and go straight to Venice.
This is yet another engine fire on a cruise ship with another safe outcome. Hopefully the industry can start identifying the sudden uptick in fires and put in prevention measures.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015
The document is free and 133 pages, so it has a e-book feel. The format is PDF and the chapters are straight forward and written in a helpful way. Because it is a PDF and not a true e-book, the formatting and fonts are not as reader friendly. But as a whole the document is a great reference and the right price (free). Thanks to Cruise Compete for putting it out.
Monday, October 19, 2015
The U.S. Coast Guard doesn't get enough credit for all they do for the cruise industry. Look at the video above. It shows a Coast Guard team heart attack victim getting lifted off the Grand Princess and taken to a hospital on the mainland. The Coasties make it look easy, but this involves using a helicopter 80+ miles off shore in the early morning hours.
According to reports the woman successfully reach the hospital. She and Princess are lucky they were so close to the California Coast and the rescue team.
Friday, October 16, 2015
RT if you wish you were sailing a happy ship. #Vintage poster #EasyThrowback pic.twitter.com/21sWKaJn6X— Holland America Line (@HALcruises) October 16, 2015
It's #NationalDessertDay - you can't say no to dessert on vacation! #cruiseperk pic.twitter.com/EXOKUXmXzg— Paul Gauguin Cruises (@PaulGauguin) October 14, 2015
Planning a Disney Cruise for the first time? Here are some FUN tips for you! #disneycruise #disneyfun... http://t.co/U2So1idf2i— Susan Sinclair (@skylandtravel) October 16, 2015
#Alaska #Cruise Day9: Butchart Gardens near Victoria BC #Canada ! Exquisite! pic.twitter.com/WEepv44zuU— BonVoyageurs (@BonVoyageurs) October 11, 2015
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Like Carnival, Norwegian Cruise Line is using YouTube to introduce their newest ship. In this episode of Norwegian Escape: Behind the Scenes with Andy Stuart, Andy tours the Supper Club. The entertainment spot will have a variety of shows including a music review inspired by John Hughes' '80s teen movies.
To watch other Norwegian Escape videos, go to NCL's YouTube Channel.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
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Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Because Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, many ships will be in disembarking-embarking mode. That sort of turnaround might prevent guests from getting the full experience, but check out your cruise company and its itinerary. Many of the spooky events might take place in the days before and after the holiday.
Monday, October 12, 2015
No cruise company has yet to develop an effective online booking and marketing platform for consumers. For now, they need travel agents to act as their de facto North American marketing and booking force.
We disagree slightly with their belief. The cruise industry's slow shift to self-booking is more of a demographic issue than technology.
While no cruise line or cruise seller has a great online experience (compared to other online and travel retailers), all the major companies and sites have perfectly effective self-booking paths. The huge portion of cruise bookings going through travel agents is due to who is booking those trips and what they want. Even with good marketing, cruises still cater to an older demographic. The older you are, the less likely you are to embrace the newest apps, newest booking methods, etc. Also it is harder to change habits. Calling your agent is that easy. Plus good agents still have faster comparison shopping, often have access to the harder to find deals and can guide you through the a la carte choices needed beyond room, dates and price.
By comparison buying an airline ticket or hotel room is much simpler. The various pricing options are less opaque. Paying extra for a window or aisle, or suite in a hotel, is easier to comprehend than the various cruise categories on a the larger ships. Until cruise packages are made simpler, there is value in third party assistance.
Eventually cruise booking will shift. The users will demand it and the margins will lead the cruise companies away from agents. But until people demand a better alternative, agents will be selling cruises for a long time.
Sunday, October 11, 2015
As we've written before, we enjoy all sorts of cruise video reviews. The Sea Cruisers (two sisters) are certainly different and it is refreshing. Take a look at their video above for the Regal Princess. How many reviewers would start off their review with a nervous walk on the SeaWalk? It doesn't end there. You get all aspects of the cruise and the ladies do a good job giving you a feel for the ship and its offerings. Check out more of their videos on their YouTube page.
Saturday, October 10, 2015
While ships are able to move out of the way, sailing during hurricane season does require some preparation and planning from passengers. Because weather can impact flights and even ship departures, you should arrive in your departure port early. Cruise Fever also makes the point to get travel insurance. Most plans cover weather issues that might impact your vacation.
Friday, October 9, 2015
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Just last month a fire on the Carnival Liberty stranded thousands of passengers in St. Thomas. A few weeks later smoke broke out on the Carnival Pride. Fortunately in both instances passengers were safe, but I am sure the passengers forced off the Liberty aren't totally trusting Carnival right now.
Because they were contained and the passengers were dealt with, nothing reached the level of news coverage that the Carnival Splendor fire did in 2010. That was what did the most to damage passenger "trust." Five years later, with the Splendor somewhat forgotten, when Reader's Digest asks people about cruise companies, they naturally say Carnival. It is the most well-known brand. But even with the award we hope that the company remains diligent and keeps passenger and ship safety as its focus.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
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Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Raising fees and essentially mandating certain tip rates, is ultimately a bait and switch. The cruise lines want to keep preaching value, yet keep adding these backend costs that are not reflected in the sale price.
Fortunately there is growing movement on the upscale lines to remove all tipping. We hope that catches on with the mid-tier and lower-tier lines as well. There are other ways to incent the ship staff without tipping. Right now it is just a tool for cruise lines to nickel and dime customers and skim off of their employees' wages.
Monday, October 5, 2015
The good news is that the vast majority of the ship's 2,590 passengers were not infected. Princess is taking all the steps to disinfect the ship and prevent further outbreaks. The last outbreak on the Star Princess occurred in May.
Sunday, October 4, 2015
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Very unOfficial Travel Guides always has some interesting takes and reviews. The video above is no exception as a vegetarian heads to NCL Getaway's Brazialian Churrascaria. It is not just food though, as the video does work in some helpful suggestions, a few laughs and some looks at the Getaway. To learn more about the ship, check out the rest of the videos Very unOfficial Travel Guide made from the Getaway.
Friday, October 2, 2015
Thursday, October 1, 2015
- The Carnival Pride will skip its scheduled stop at the company's private island Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas Thursday.
- The Carnival Valor will skip its scheduled Thursday stop in Grand Turk.
- The Norwegian Getaway will skip its Friday stop in Nassau.